Foucault's Pendulum, pages 486 - 641

synopsis: The trio continue developing The Plan, and predictably become more immersed in paranoid, convoluted historical conspiracy. Long, frenzied nights of philosophizing and dreary days of trying to piece together a coherent grid to fit their fragmented theorizings. Self-induced tragedy predictably befalls the self-appointed code-cracking trifecta. Causabon trudges onward, a lone semi-enlightened survivor in a world hell-bend on secrecy and subversion. But not without a hint of redemption: "I spoke, and it was like a dam bursting; everything came out, from beginning to end: what I thought two years ago, what I thought last year, what I thought Belbo had thought, and Diotallevi. Above all,

Foucault's Pendulum, pages 335 - 485

synopsis: More random traveling with Causabon and company, more Jungian philosophizing inspired by sculptures and building features and such. Then they wander into a psychedelic party. Later they eavesdrop on a Rosicrucian meeting. Causabon meets up with Lia and she schools him on occultism and tells him she's pregnant. Segue to Causabon and cohorts talking about the mysticism of car parts. Then, of course, more historical ramblings: "The Massalians are not dualists but monarchians, and they have dealings with the infernal powers, and in fact some texts call them Borborites, from from borboros, filth, because of the unspeakable things they do." "What do they do?" "The usual unspeakable thing

Foucault's Pendulum, pages 159 - 334

synopsis: Causabon falls in love with Ampara and so moves to Brazil to be with her. He engages in socio-political discussion with the Brazilians. Then he receives a letter from Belbo: " evocation of the spirit of Cagliostro was to be held in a few days. I went. ... And now came the disturbing part, because the pathetic girl seemed to be in real pain: she trembled, sweated, bellowed, and began to speak in broken phrases of a temple and a door that must be opened. She said a vortex of power was being created, and we had to ascend to the Great Pyramid. ..." Causabon and Amparo travel to Bahia. They meet with Agliè, a painter, for a world history lesson. Then on to meet with the abbess of t

Foucault's Pendulum, pages 46 - 158

Synopsis: Causabon recalls his childhood transformation into incredulousness, his university dichotomy between Revolution and Culture, and meeting Belbo at a bar for the first time. Then Belbo tells a childhood story of desiring a trumpet. Causabon tells Belbo's he's writing his thesis on the Templars, and Belbo tells him he's a lunatic--at length (not to be confused with a moron or a cretin). The next day, they meet comrade Diotallevi's colleague at a publishing house, and discuss the merits of non-sensible book titles and the proving ground for Jewishness (not to be confused with Judaism). That evening, in the bar, they extensively discuss the war history of the Knights of the Temple (not

Foucault's Pendulum, pages 1 - 45

synopsis: The yet unnamed protagonist recollects how, in a museum, he marveled at a magnificent pendulum. He planned to hide in the museum that night and wait for his friends to somehow sneak in and join him. After considering his hidey-hole options, he feared of being enveloped in any of the engined and motored vehicles on display: "How could I endure in the midst of that foul concatenation of diesel genitals and turbine-driven vaginas, the inorganic throats that once had flamed, steamed, and hissed, and might again that very night?" Next, an earlier recollection of the now named protagonist Casaubon. His friend Bello calls and pleads for help--he's being pursued by the Powers That Be for w

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